The Blotter | Suspect arrested for attempted burglary

A Piedmont resident found a man trying to enter his residence on Dec. 18. The incident happened on Highland Avenue around 11:26 a.m.

The victim flagged down a police officer and pointed to a male suspect he said had attempted to force his way through the front door. Officers detained the suspect and the victim identified him as the person he scared off the property, according to Piedmont Police Capt. Chris Monahan.

The individual was identified and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and charged with attempted burglary.

A residential burglary was reported on King Avenue on Dec. 18. It occurred between the afternoon of Dec. 14 and 8:50 a.m. on Dec. 18. A rear glass door had been broken, according to Monahan. It is unknown how many suspects may have been involved, what items were taken, and what the value of the loss is.

Also on Dec. 18, three suspects allegedly stole a tool box from the back of a pickup truck on Greenbank Avenue. The incident began when the city’s Automatic License Plate Reader system reported a stolen two-door Lexus RC-350 entering the city at Kingston and Monta Cresta avenues. Officers located the vehicle on Greenbank Avenue, according to Monahan, and found three male suspects, described by police as Hispanic men aged in their 20s, removing the tool box.

The officer attempted to stop the suspects, but they fled the area. The loss of tools was estimated at $1,000, according to Monahan.

At 12:54 p.m. on Dec. 19, the ALPR system reported that a black Nissan Altima, described as a “carjacking vehicle,” had entered Piedmont at Oakland and Olive avenues. The vehicle was stopped on Hillside Avenue a few minutes later. The driver cooperated and was identified as a missing juvenile out of Oakland. She did not match suspect descriptions from the carjacking, according to Monahan. Her guardian came and took custody of the juvenile, who was given a citation for possession of a stolen vehicle.

At 4:38 p.m. on Dec. 19, multiple calls came in about a person going through garbage cans and going into yards between Rose Avenue and Artuna Avenue. Officers responded and found the suspect, who was known to police, according to Monahan. The woman had a warrant and was taken to Santa Rita Jail where she was booked for her outstanding warrants, according to Monahan.

Also on Dec. 19, a report came in for an unknown suspect that entered an unlocked vehicle on Scenic Avenue overnight. The suspect allegedly took a duffle bag with ski equipment and clothes along with the vehicle’s owner’s manual. The total loss is about $1,000, according to Monahan. The suspect fled and there is no further information.

On Dec. 18, a person was seen by an officer driving on a flat tire at Park Boulevard and Estates Drive at 9:21 p.m. The vehicle, a silver 2010 Lexus, also had damage on the front passenger side bumper, according to Monahan.

The vehicle was pulled over and the female driver showed signs of intoxication, though she claimed she had not been drinking, according to Monahan. The driver “performed poorly” on field sobriety tests, according to Monahan, and refused preliminary alcohol screening test. The driver refused a blood or breath test as well and was taken to Santa Rita Jail.

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